Considering that children are less likely to contract the virus as adults, many schools in and around the world have begun to reopen and are facilitating physical learning again. While the parents are ready to send their kids to school, they are also extremely anxious about the same.
However, according to a recent study published in the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) journal, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, with proper masking and physical distancing, the spread of COVID-19 infections can be contained in school premises.
The pilot study conducted by the US state of Missouri looked at the datas from 57 schools in the Pattonville School District in St. Louis County and the Springfield Public School District in Greene County in southwest Missouri, as well as two private schools in St. Louis County.
The staff, students and visitors were all asked to wear their masks while on the campus or on the buses. Besides wearing masks, the participants were also asked to maintain proper hygiene practices along with all other COVID measures such as practicing social distancing, increasing ventilation and more.
It was found that these efforts lead to a significant control of the COVID-19 infection spread.
According to one of the study’s leading researchers, Jason Newland, “Schools can operate safely during a pandemic when prevention strategies are followed.”